A gratin is any dish topped with cheese or breadcrumbs mixed with butter, then heated until browned--but it needn't be heavy. This one has plenty of garden-fresh tomatoes and herbs, a touch of full-flavored cheese and a crispy crumb topping.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2007


Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.

  • Place bread in a food processor and pulse until coarse crumbs form. Add garlic, oil and cheese; pulse to combine. Spread the seasoned breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, layer tomato slices in the prepared baking dish, sprinkling each layer with basil, pepper and salt. Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes; sprinkle with the toasted breadcrumbs, and bake for 10 minutes more. Serve immediately.


Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

105 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 12.4g; dietary fiber 2.2g; sugars 3g; fat 4.4g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 3.8mg; vitamin a iu 821.3IU; vitamin c 12mg; folate 21.7mcg; calcium 82.8mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 26.4mg; potassium 263.2mg; sodium 266.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 4 stars
Oven temp too high for browning bread crumbs! This is a tasty recipe for tomatoes but 450 degrees is too hot for browning the bread crumbs especially if you're using good whole grain bread crumbs which burn in less than 3 minutes at 450 degrees. Brown at 300 or 350 and then turn up the temp to 450. If your tomatoes are juicy drain on paper towels before layering in baking dish. We'll try the recipe again with temp adjustments and with whatever herb we have at hand basil cilantro arugula or mint. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Not so hot Neither my husband nor I thought this was worth it. We won't make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Crumbs were a problem Not sure what I did wrong? Will try again. Pros: Still was very tasty. My guests loved it Cons: Didn't bake up like a crumble Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This recipe is easy and tastes great especially for those cool spring days where you crave tomatoes and basil but still need to wait until the summer to harvest your own!!! Read More